Where are the Japanese Robots?

Japan is well-known for its engineering prowesses in the field of robotics, yet apparently no robots have yet been used at the Fukushima I nuclear plant. Reuters writes:

While robots are commonplace in the nuclear power industry, with EU engineers building one that can climb walls through radioactive fields, the electric power company running Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has not deployed any for the nuclear emergency.

A science ministry official said a robot used to detect radiation levels is at the site of the accident in Fukushima, north of Tokyo, but nuclear safety agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama said: "We have no reports of any robots being used."

EDF, the French utility, has even offered to send some of their robots over to help. More on the ongoing nuclear crisis here.

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